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Sergei Brylin to Be Immortalized in New Jersey Devils Ring of Honor on January 20, 2024

Sarge is getting his due in New Jersey. The longtime New Jersey Devils do-it-all skater and assistant coach in the organization, Sergei Brylin, is getting inducted into the Devils Ring of Honor on January 20, 2024. This post is a reaction to the good news.

New Jersey Devils Preseason Success Doesn’t Mean Regular Season Success - As You Know

You probably know this, but preseason success does not necessarily mean regular season success. This has been known by design. This post shows how it is true by comparing preseason records of the New Jersey Devils and their AHL team’s regular season records since 2010.

Ten Years of Josh Harris & David Blitzer, Owners of the New Jersey Devils

Just over ten years ago, Josh Harris and David Blitzer bought the New Jersey Devils. This post goes over how their ownership has been for the Devils, what else Harris and Blitzer have owned since buying the Devils in 2013, and thoughts about whether it has been good.

How Many Actually Have Made it to the NHL from the Top 25 Devils Under 25 Lists

All About the Jersey has been putting together Top 25 New Jersey Devils Under 25 lists since 2012. 153 different players have been ranked over the years. This post goes into how many of them have made it, given a definition of what making it means.

A Surface-Level Overview of Hockey in New Jersey Beyond the Devils

The New Jersey Devils is the state’s only professional team with New Jersey in it. However, hockey goes beyond the Devils in the Garden State. This post gives an overview of the various teams at all levels that play hockey in New Jersey.

The NHL Goalies Who Played for Trophies: 2008-2023

Are the goalies who make deep playoff runs the ones who had great seasons? This post looks at the final four playoff goalies as well as the top ones from 2007-08 to 2022-23 and concludes: Not necessarily. This is relevant to a New Jersey Devils team rumored to want to upgrade their goaltending position.

A Puckdoku Guide for the New Jersey Devils Fan

Puckdoku is this offseason’s timekiller of choice for hockey fans to fill out 3 by 3 grids of players. It’s a fun trivia game drawing on hockey history. This post is focused on helping those play the game with a a New Jersey Devils perspective, listing many that have come through the organization since 1974.

Looking Back at the 2018 New Jersey Devils Draft Class

With less than a week before the 2023 NHL Draft, let us take some time to look back at who the New Jersey Devils picked five years ago and see what happened since then. It may be a little more valuable than you may recall.

Elias & Mogilny Snubbed by Hockey Hall of Fame Once More

Earlier today, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their inducted players and builders for 2023. Patrik Elias and Alexander Mogilny were not selected, but, somehow, Tom Barrasso and Mike Vernon were. Really. This is a lament.

Stretch Goals for the Final Stretch of a Successful New Jersey Devils Season

The 2022-23 New Jersey Devils have accomplished a lot in the regular season. It is arguably one of their best seasons ever in franchise history. With 11 games left to play starting tonight, this post goes over some other milestones that the team and its players can still achieve.

A Response to Sean Fitz-Gerald’s & The Athletic’s Hatchet Job on Scott Stevens

Sean Fitz-Gerald, former 2015 Sportswriter of the Year per Sports Media Canada, wrote up a retrospective piece on Scott Stevens for The Athletic. It is a terrible hatchet job that cannot be ignored. This is a response to the awful post.

Nemec Demoted, Bahl Recalled, & Andy Greene Signed to Retire as New Jersey Devil

The New Jersey Devils made two defenseman-related announcements this morning. First, a transaction to send Simon Nemec down and call up Kevin Bahl. Second, an announcement of Andy Greene signing a one-day contract to retire as a New Jersey Devil.

Looking Back on the Madness of the 2005-2010 Devils, Maybe the Most Compelling ‘Boring’ Team in History

The Devils as a franchise are most defined by the eras that have seen them at the extremes. The heights of 1994-2004 or the lows of 1982-87 and 2015-present. Those in-between years have no shortage of drama, though, with the late 2000s being some of the craziest years the franchise ever saw.

What Does it Take to Score 50 Goals in a Season?

There have been 200 instances in NHL history of someone scoring at least 50 goals in a season. None have ever been with the New Jersey Devils. This post goes into why it matters, what it could take to reach that mark, how close Brian Gionta was, and whether anyone in the current organization could do it one day.

How a Champion was Built: Selected Salary Cap Era Teams

In response to Friday’s post about how the New Jersey Devils championship teams were built, this post looks at more recent champions to see how they were built in the current Salary Cap Era. It turns out that the champions succeeded both at the draft and in other means to get players.

How a Champion was Built: The 1995, 2000, 2003 New Jersey Devils Teams

Drafting well is important for a team’s success. So is acquiring other players to build a team through trades, free agency, and other means. This is shown by looking back at how the 1995, 2000, and 2003 Cup champion teams were built.

A Look at NHL Playoff Droughts Part 7: Lessons Learned

How long must a team suffer? How long has a team suffered? This is the seventh part of a series looking into notable playoff droughts by NHL teams. This part covers the main lessons learned from the series and how it applies to the New Jersey Devils.

A Look at NHL Playoff Droughts Part 5: Ottawa to St. Louis

How long must a team suffer? How long has a team suffered? This is the fourth of several posts looking into notable playoff droughts of 30 of the 32 active NHL franchises to figure out what went wrong and how it ended. This post covers Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, and St. Louis.

A Look at NHL Playoff Droughts Part 2: Calgary to Columbus

How long must a team suffer? How long has a team suffered? This is the second of several posts looking into the playoff droughts of 30 of the 32 active NHL franchises to figure out what went wrong and how it ended. This post covers Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, and Columbus.

A Look at NHL Playoff Droughts Part 1: New Jersey Devils, Anaheim to Buffalo

How long must a team suffer? How long has a team suffered? This is the first of several posts looking into the playoff droughts of 30 of the 32 active NHL franchises to figure out what went wrong. This post covers the New Jersey Devils, Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, and Buffalo.

Devils Doing Damage: Opposition Splits by Notable New Jersey Devils

As an opposite to the Devils Killers post, this post looks at whom the New Jersey Devils have done well against from 2015-16 to 2021-22. Opposition splits by notable Devils are provided to see who they have done damage to the most.

Devil Killers: The Players that Scored the Most Against the New Jersey Devils Since 2015

Oliver Bjorkstrand was seemingly the face of a Columbus Blue Jackets team that has given the New Jersey Devils fits for years. In honor of him going to Seattle, this post looks at who has done the most damage against Our Favorite Team since 2015.

Can a NHL Team Actually Improve by At Least 30 Points Over a Season?

The 2021-22 New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs by 37 points last season. Has any NHL team actually improved by at least 30 points in the following season? This post provides an answer with the biggest turnaround in Devils history, an even bigger one by a divisional opponent, and what can we learn from both.

Looking Back at the 2017 New Jersey Devils Draft Class

Ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery, it is time to look back five years and evaluate how the New Jersey Devils draft picks in 2017 turned out. Nico Hischier has been great. Read on to find out about the other ten selections.

Do the New Jersey Devils Actually Need to Learn How to Win?

In the wake of their third-period meltdown in Toronto last week, it was remarked that the New Jersey Devils were a team still "learning how to win." This long post goes over every player and coaching staff member to determine if they were Winners or if they need to "learn How to Win."

Worse than You Think Since 2013: The New Jersey Devils & Shootouts

The New Jersey Devils have been awful at shootouts. Exceptionally so since the 2013-14 season. This post goes into the team’s history in shootouts and offers some points and even two reasons to hope that the shootout may not be an expected loss for the Devils in 2021-22.

Travis Zajac Signed for One Day, Announces Retirement as a New Jersey Devil

The New Jersey Devils announced this morning that Travis Zajac has signed a one-day contract and announced his retirement. This post reacts to the news and summarizes Zajac’s legacy as a Devil.

Kevin Dineen Hired as Utica Comets Head Coach; Hopefully to Help Devils AHL Affiliate Compete

The New Jersey Devils announced on August 5, 2021 that Kevin Dineen will be the head coach of the Utica Comets. This post goes into the lack of success by Devils’ AHL affiliate teams and why Dineen being hired is a good move to turn that around.

Looking Back at the 2016 New Jersey Devils Draft Class

The 2016 NHL Draft saw the New Jersey Devils take nine players, acquire Beau Bennett, and ultimately get a lot of value for who they took. Now that five years has past, let us look back to evaluate how the Devils did with that draft.

Travis Zajac’s Greatest Play as a Devil

On this Saturday, while the trade is still fresh, come reminisce about Travis Zajac’s greatest play as a New Jersey Devil.

Let’s Remember a Devils Guy: Corey Millen

During the Devils COVID-related hiatus, let’s do a bit of Guy-remembering. Today, we consider one of my personal favorite random Devils Guys, Corey Millen.

Let’s Remember a Devils Guy: Steve Thomas

With the NHL’s return to play in limbo at the moment, let’s take this opportunity to remember a Guy in Devils history: Steve Thomas. We salute his three brilliantly mundane years in New Jersey.